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Report: Some fishing boats may be shutting down tracking devices inside MPAs to mask illegal fishing

Some fishing vessels may be turning off their automatic tracking systems to avoid detection when operating in protected areas, with the EU launching an investigation into two European vessels operating off the coast of Africa.

Non-profit environmental group Oceana has analysed data collected from the Google-backed Global Fishing Watch map, which plots vessels around the world, and highlighted instances of vessels disappearing from public records.


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